Our Top 5 Graphic Novels to Read Before You See Birds of Prey

Published January 31st, 2020

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Hey Third Eye Faithful! It goes without saying that we’re BIG fans of Harley Quinn, and ever since seeing her in SUICIDE SQUAD, we knew that Margot Robbie had what it took to rep our favorite Clown Princess of Crime. It seems that the DC cinematic universe thought so too, and the BIRDS OF PREY movie was born!

Harley has been having quite a moment in comics in the past year (especially with DC’s Black Label Series), but we’re narrowing down the Top 5 books that focus not only on Ms Quinzel, but the other Birds of Prey as well! Read on to discover all you need to know before you see the movie. Don’t forget to join us Friday, February 7th for PREY DAY at the Annapolis store!

1. HARLEY QUINN BIRDS OF PREY TP

This gorgeous trade is one of our favorites, and features key moments from iconic writer Paul Dini who is known for his Harley Quinn stories!

Relive key stories of the Birds of Prey-Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain, not to mention Harley Quinn-along with the deadly Black Mask!

This new title collects Detective Comics #831, Nightwing/Huntress #2, Gotham Central #6, Batman #567, Catwoman #16 (2002 series) and a story from Showcase 96 #3.

2. BIRDS OF PREY: HARLEY QUINN TP

When Gotham’s favorite sociopath inherits a building on the famous Coney Island boardwalk, she feels right at home in the (literal) freakshow.

Unfortunately, the legion of bounty hunters after the price on her head seem to know it, too.

Who else but Harley Quinn could handle all that Brooklyn’s criminal underbelly has to offer-Russian spies, senior citizens, and rival roller derby teams included-and still have time for a double chili dog!

Collects Harley Quinn #1-7 and Harley Quinn: Future’s End #1 and a story from Secret Origins #4.

3. BIRDS OF PREY: BLACK CANARY TP

Rock star. Public menace. Martial artist. Superhero.

Dinah Drake is all these things and more-and she’s got the legions of fans, friends, and foes to prove it. But there’s a part of her life she’s never been able to get a handle on, a role she’s never been able to play: daughter.

Her mother went missing, and took the secrets of Dinah’s own past with her. Now a mysterious cult is determined to dig them up, and Dinah must go on a whirlwind tour from Gotham City to the nightclubs of Europe.

Collects Black Canary #1-12 and Black Canary Sneak Peek #1.

4. BIRDS OF PREY: HUNTRESS TP

In these stories from Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood #1-6, the Huntress is framed for murder, and while avoiding the G.C.P.D. and the Bat-Family, she revisits her childhood in hope of discovering the true culprit.

But as she and the Question seek clues to prove her innocence, more murders implicating her are committed, forcing Batman and Nightwing to confront her in a showdown with unexpected results!

5. HARLEEN HC

One of the best origin stories for Harley that we’ve read in a long time from Stjepan Sejic, creator of Sunstone!

Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City-she just needs to prove it actually works.

But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist must take drastic measures to save Gotham from itself.

Don’t forget to join us at the Annapolis store for PREY DAY all day with special appearances and prizes from 5PM-7PM! Click here for more information!